By Enrique Tessieri
What would you say about a policeman who wants to begin an open debate on Facebook about rape crimes committed by immigrants? He uses as one of his sources Islamophoibist Perussuomalaiset (PS) MP Olli Immonen, who believes that it is only a question of time when there will be a “war of cultures” in Europe with Muslims.
In order to understand this “open debate” on a grave crime like rape by policeman Marko Forss, we have to ask a few questions: Why is this type of debate important? What does it bring to the table? What is its probable aim?
Forss states that he wants an “open debate” about this hush-hush topic even though it has been a long-time favorite of the anti-immigration wing of the PS led by Jussi Halla-aho never mind Immonen.
Some police, who are known for their reticent views of certain immigrant groups in Finland, appear to sidestep some important issues whenever they bring on the table a crime like rape. They forget, for example, to ask why rape is allegedly higher among immigrants when compared with Finns? Moreover, how reliable are the rape statistics if they include foreign tourists that come to Finland?
When they speak of rape cases are they talking about actual sentenced cases? It does not become clear in the story.
In order to make such a debate fairer, what issues could we discuss? Family unification, which police authorities are happy to tighten, could be one of the causes behind rape cases. Young men have fragmented social networks in this country that are weakened by discrimination and the lack of meaningful opportunities.
What, then, is the probable aim of such an article and quoting an anti-immigration critic like PS MP Immonen?
In my opinion, it sheds light on the probable ideology of the policeman and the direction the “open discussion” should take. The debate cards and issues are stacked in such a way that they can never permit an open and honest debate without fueling stereotypes that all foreign men that cross into Finland become gang rapists.
People like Immonen, who loathe publicly “multiculturalism,” believe that Finland should stop immigration and refugees from coming to Finland from the Arab world, Africa and other parts outside of Europe. This, I believe, is one of the underlying messages of the “open debate” by Forss.
Probably in twenty years, when there are more Multicultural Finns on the police force, these types of “debates” that label wholesale whole groups will have little merit and will serve at best to shown how not to handle a serious crime and issue like rape.
The message should not be: Let’s label all foreigners and then have a frank debate about rape.